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Self Guided Hut to Hut in the French Pyrenees Questionnaire

Hut to Hut in the Austrian Alps

With your self-guided hut to hut holiday fast approaching, you should have received your final pack of information in the post from us, including your route notes, maps and FAQs etc.
Please read the enclosed route notes in advance of your holiday. If you have any queries, please call us on 0044 (0)1799 513331 before your holiday – we want your holiday to be as smooth as possible and this is your chance to ask us questions and get clarity on every aspect of your arrangements.
Our aim is for you to be self-sufficient before you leave home; whilst our team in resort will welcome you and help you settle in, they will not be able to sit down and discuss the route at length.

Arrival Day
Dolomites Handbook Information

Arrival Day

All guests should make their way to Hotel Sonnenspitze upon arrival in Ehrwald. Where, provided you have supplied an ETA, someone will be waiting to greet you and settle you in to your accommodation – if you have booked this with us for the first night before you trek.

Guests with Airport Transfers – if you have booked an airport transfer from Munich Airport (Thursdays and Saturdays only), details of your pick-up and drop-off arrangements will have been sent to you by post. Please familiarise yourselves with the relevant instructions.

Guests Travelling Independently – If you are arriving in Ehrwald by car or public transport, please ensure you have contacted the UK office or the Ehrwald Resort Mobile with your estimated time of arrival. Then make your way to Hotel Sonnenspitze where you will be welcomed and settled. Contact numbers and directions can be found in the following tabs.

On Your Arrival – there will be a couple of administrative tasks to deal with at your hotel, if you have booked your first night’s accommodation with us. Please have your passport to hand. You will be welcomed by a member of our walking team, who will settle you in and answer any last minute queries.

If you have luggage that you are not taking with you on your Hut to Hut itinerary, you can arrange for your bags to be stored at your hotel ready for your return.

On Your Return – On your return to Ehrwald at the end of your trek, we will be expecting you. It is nice to know how you got on, but this is also a safety precaution to ensure you have returned safely. If you would prefer not to pop in to Office Hour, our informal evening gathering (6.30pm – 7.30pm) in the bar of the Hotel Sonnenspitze that evening, please could you call/text the Resort Mobile using the number provided, to let us know you have returned. Thank you. If you are using our return airport transfer, or indeed staying on at the Hotel Alpin or Hotel Sonnenspitze, you can find out more information at Office Hour for the following day.

Resort Contacts

Useful Numbers & Contact Info.

Please ensure you enter the following telephone numbers in to your phone so you have them with you on your day of travel.

Collett's Mountain Holidays
Hotel Sonnenspitze
Kirchplatz 14,
Ehrwald,
A-6632,
Tirol,
Austria
Google Map Link
0043 567 322 080
Collett's Mountain Holidays
Romantik Hotel Spielmann
Wettersteinstraße 24,
Ehrwald,
A-6632,
Tirol,
Austria
Google Map Link
0043 567 322 250
Resort Mobile - 0044 7413 147693
Collett's Mountain Holidays UK - 0044 (0) 1799 513331 Monday - Friday 9am-5.30pm / Saturday 9am-3pm
(Outside of these hours please call the Resort Mobile - thank you)

Travel & Directions
Austrian Alps - Zugspitze Handbook Information

Travel & Transfers

Before leaving home

Passport – Is it in date? Contact the passport office here if you need to renew your passport
Walking Holiday Insurance – Do you have any? Contact us on 01799 513331 or click here for details
Flight Check-in – Remember to print off your boarding pass
Baggage – Have you checked the size & weight of your baggage?
Book Airport Hotel – Click here
Book Airport Parking – Click here

Fly Drivers and Self Drivers

If you are hiring a car or self driving from the UK, rather than joining us on a transfer, please download and refer to our Driving Directions and Maps here.

We ask that all guests (regardless of which hotel or apartment) make their way to the Hotel Sonnenspitze in the centre of Ehrwald. From there, if staying elsehwere, one of our team will show you to your accommodation. You can check-in to your accommodation from 2pm onwards and if you have provided us with an ETA, a member of Collett’s staff will be available to meet you. Please contact us if you have not yet provided an ETA, or are delayed. Click here to submit your E.T.A.

Vignette – will need to be purchased only if you are driving via Innsbruck (on the motorway) to Ehrwald, but not when driving down via Munich or Memmingen. They can be bought from petrol stations.

Parking – is available on the street directly in front of the Hotel Sonnenspitze and also in the rear car park behind the hotel.

Google Map Directions

Go to www.bit.ly/Hotel-Sonnenspitze-Directions for Google Map Directions from any location.

Train Travel

If you plan to arrive in Ehrwald by train, you can pre-book train tickets online using the website www.bahn.com or alternatively purchase tickets at Munich airport from the tickets manchines in the terminal. You will first take an S-Bahn shuttle train from Munich airport to Munich Main Station “Munchen Hauptbahnhof”, before changing platforms and buildings take a train direct to Ehrwald. The name of Ehrwald station is “Ehrwald Zugspitzbahn”. Sometimes the carriages separate at the town of Garmisch-Partenkichen before continuing on to Ehrwald. Please contact us for any advice or guidance on train travel, and ask for Kelly.

Upon arrival in Ehrwald you can walk from the station to the Hotel Sonnenspitze on the central Kirchplatz square in approx. 20mins. Please download and refer to our Directions and Maps here.

Alternatively, if you prefer not to walk, there are periodic buses that stop at the station or you can pre-book a taxi from the station with a locally based taxi firm called ‘Shuttle & More…’ It’s a 5 minute drive to Hotel Sonnenspitze – they offer a 24 hour service and speak good English and the cost is approx. €5 – €10. Please note that Ehrwald station is small and there will not be taxis waiting at the station.

Tel: 0043 664 266 7166
Email: office@shuttle-and-more.com
Web: www.shuttle-and-more.com

Munich Airport Transfer

If you have booked an Airport Transfer from Munich airport, you will be met by a member of our staff at the airport at a pre‐arranged time. Details of the transfer times are posted in the mail by Dee Collett in the form of a letter to the person who booked the holiday roughly 2 weeks before your holiday.

We meet by the “Coffee Fellows” café inside the Arrivals Hall B of Terminal 1, close to Exit B. Look out for someone carrying a Collett’s brochure. The transfer time to Ehrwald is about 2 hours.

Important Notes concerning Collett’s Transfers – We try to keep ‘waiting at the airport’ to a minimum, but you have booked a transfer on the understanding that it is a possibility on both your day of arrival and departure. We are not offering a personal taxi service. Our transfer times are set to help us group people together from a number of different flights, both morning and afternoon. Waiting may also be caused by delayed flights – within reason. Please cancel your airport transfer and make your own plans if you are not happy with these arrangements, which by and large work very well.

On arrival in Ehrwald and the Hotel Sonnenspitze, you will be met by another member of our staff who will settle you in to your accommodation, whether it be in one of the hotels or a nearby apartment.

A Night in a Hut
Dolomites Handbook Information

A Night in a Hut

Here is a quick summary of how the huts work. We hope it helps on your forthcoming holiday.

Check-In – This is generally done at the bar or kitchen counter. Let the hut guardians know the surname of the person who booked your holiday and that you have booked through Collett’s Mountain Holidays. You might have to present your Accommodation Itinerary. Ask what the dinner arrangements are, as they usually take your dinner order at least an hour before you sit down. Never go into sleeping areas with your boots on. Find a pair of hut slippers if you do not have your own – they are normally on racks in the main entrance area. If you need to dry clothes, they will show you the drying room or the best alternative.

Sleeping Arrangements & Washing – You will be allocated to a room or dormitory, where you can claim your bunk space, or you may have been allocated a specific bunk number. Make up your bed and get out toiletries/night clothes ready for later so that you are not rustling around in your rucksack when others are sleeping. We recommend you carry a sleeping bag liner for the duration of your trek – the hut will provide blankets but these are only periodically washed. Personal storage space is limited, so keep things tidy and compact. Shower and washing facilities are communal and mixed sex, and will vary hut to hut, some being quite simple and basic. We advise taking a shower asap, as hot water can be limited, although some huts only have hot water after a certain time in the afternoon. Some showers require tokens, which are usually available for purchase from the bar or kitchen. Some huts have a lights-out time of around 10pm. Have a head torch with you if planning to read or if you are going to bed later than your roommates – they will not appreciate having the light switched on after they have gone to bed!

Tabs, Tap Water, Packed Lunches & Tipping – In most huts it is possible to run a tab for drinks etc., settling up on departure. You should ascertain if the tap water is drinkable, as sometimes it is not. Provisions for lunch are available for purchase in all huts. Some will come in the form of a proper packed lunch (“Lunchpaket” in German), or in some huts you order individual items from the menu (such as “Käse Brot” – bread and cheese). Place your lunch order in the evening so they have plenty of advanced warning. They do not take kindly to guests making packed lunches from the breakfast buffet. It is worth noting if you will be passing a hut during the following day’s route, where you can have your lunch instead. Tipping is not required or expected in any of the huts.

Packing Checklist
Dolomites Handbook Information

What to Pack

Click here to print this page as a PDF.

We recommend you prepare for your trip prior to your holiday by walking in the hills carrying the equipment you intend to carry whilst in Austria. Once in Ehrwald, any luggage you do not wish to take with you on your trek can be left with us and we will ensure it is waiting for you on your return to the hotel at the end.

Most of the equipment/clothing on the suggested list below is typical British hill walking attire and most people will already own many items on the list. The emphasis is on being prepared for all weather conditions, whilst making your rucksack light enough to carry for successive days without being too much of a burden.

During the day

  • Strong, light and (most importantly) comfortable walking boots with good ankle support – if you are buying new boots for this trip, be sure to ‘break them in’ before you travel.
  • 35-40 litre rucksack
  • Light weight waterproof jacket and trousers – these should live in your rucksack permanently, as conditions in the mountains can change rapidly
  • A mid-layer fleece
  • A couple of lightweight, wicking base layers (depending on how much you mind smelling!) – long sleeves are better, as they will be warmer on cool days and can be pulled up on warmer days, or left down to give sun protection.
  • Another warm layer which can be put on during stops on cold days – down jacket or warm fleece are ideal
  • Lightweight and quick drying walking trousers – no jeans!
  • Warm gloves and hat
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Walking poles (if you use them – highly recommended when carrying a multi-day pack)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Water container (at least 2 litres)/thermos flask
  • Map case
  • Compass, whistle, torch, survival bag
  • Please note – cotton t-shirts or jeans should NOT be worn, as they provide no warmth once they are sweaty or wet from rain.

In the evening

Remember, almost everyone at the hut will have walked to get there, so they will be in much the same boat as you. You do not need your Sunday best! It is quite acceptable for people to remain in the clothes they have been wearing for the day. A change of clothes is naturally nice, particularly if the weather is poor. The more clothes you take, the more comfortable you will be, but the more you have to carry! Generally, a pair of trousers and 2 or 3 tops will suffice for a week. One essential piece of kit for an evening is a pair of hut slippers or flip flops, as walking boots are not allowed inside. Some huts along the route do provide these, but a couple don’t. So you may like to bring your own pair or a thick pair of socks instead.

Hut accommodation

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Ear plugs/eye mask
  • Headtorch/torch – essential to avoid turning on lights when going to bed later than others

General

  • Wash kit – (groups should consider sharing things like toothpaste, shower gel etc. In order to reduce weight)
  • Travel towel
  • Camera, charger and spare memory card
  • Plug adaptor
  • Sun cream & lip protection
  • Reference books (wild flowers etc)
  • German phrase book
  • Pack of cards/good book – there is often time to kill during an afternoon/evening
  • Slippers/hut shoes – though a number of huts provide these, you can’t beat your own!
  • Swim trunks/costume – Hotel at start/end has a sauna and steam room

Essential items

  • Passport
  • Euros and credit / debit card
  • Cash – your accommodation on a half board basis is paid for, but you pay for any packed lunches, drinks, snacks, buses/trains, cable cars/lifts etc. One or two nights accept credit cards, but not all and so having some cash is essential
  • Insurance and EHIC card
  • Any medication you require
  • Mobile phone and charger – you can keep it switched off, but it is an invaluable piece of safety equipment and could save a life
  • Signed disclaimer

Disclaimer & At Your Own Risk
Dolomites Handbook Information

Important – Disclaimer

On arrival, you will be asked to hand in the disclaimer sent by post.
This should be signed by all members of the party. This disclaimer is largely based on the ‘At your own Risk’ section in our brochure and website.
Download and print out the disclaimer here to sign and take with you

At Your Own Risk & Mountain Safety

Our staff who will advise you for your trek, and who organise walking itineraries if you stay on after the trek, are are not qualified mountain guides and you follow their advice and join them at your own risk – Click here to download and print out Organised & Self Guided Walks – At Your Own Risk & Mountain Safety

Everything you do during your stay in Austria is done at your own risk. In the event of personal injury or death, we are not liable for efforts made by us to enhance your stay in the area, amongst which are our organised walks, other itineraries and the various printed and verbal suggestions concerning itineraries and routes that you will come across during your stay. It is a fact that mountainous areas and winter activities undertaken in the mountains are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such an area with Collett’s Mountain Holidays or, indeed, independently, you are exposing yourself and your party to the (thankfully small) possibility of personal injury or death. In such an event, Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in winter mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.

Your self guided hut to hut itineraries will be spent entirely at your own risk and it is important that you understand that whilst these routes are accurate at the time of writing, the situation on the ground may change and the itineraries rely on your sound judgement and decision making throughout.

Our self-guided hut to hut itineraries are put together on a basis of goodwill so that you might enjoy a route you may not otherwise have discovered having organised the itinerary yourself. It represents nothing more than the opportunity to go out on a beautiful walk in a part of this wonderful walking area, with the support of knowing that many of the logistics have been arranged for you.

It is a fact that mountains, mountainous areas and activities undertaken in them are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such areas, you are exposing yourself and your party to the possibility of personal injury or even death. In such an event, Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.

It is important that you understand that these routes are put together using our extensive knowledge of the area, to provide a route which we believe will be enjoyable and realistic for people who decide that they have the appropriate level of fitness and ability in order to complete the itinerary safely. The information provided uses only marked paths which are in use at the time of writing, however, it is your responsibility to continually assess the suitability and safety of the route throughout the walk and to undertake any action necessary to avoid any terrain which each or any member of the group is not comfortable with. The route choice also assumes an ability to read maps and navigate competently.

It is the responsibility of each individual in the group to make an assessment of the information provided, and to make an informed decision about whether the itinerary is suitable for them.

Finally, during your holiday with Collett’s Mountain Holidays you act at your own risk on any ideas, information and opinions you might acquire from our walk organisers or from material prepared by us to help you get the most from the area.

Duty of Care

We put safety first but you are as responsible as we are!
You walk these routes at your own risk, responsible for your own safety and as part of an autonomous group, in which each member has a Duty of Care to each other. Not being professionally responsible for you does not mean we turn a blind eye to safety, nor does it make us exempt from owing a duty of care to people joining our organised walks. We deem the safety of our staff and clients to be of unparalleled importance and we therefore take our own safety measures and endeavour to minimise the possibility of personal injury and death. We do this in line with legal requirements pertaining to duty of care.

As with any person or organisation involved with activities where there is a possibility of personal injury or death, the issue of duty of care is ever-present and, in the absence of a qualified guide in ‘non-professional’ activities anywhere in the world (whether organised by a company, club, university or even a friend) has a legal commitment to all involved. This commitment to others should therefore be at the heart of your decision when joining a particular organised walk, whilst also forming the basis of your behaviour during that particular excursion.

Visitors to the Dolomites are drawn by the impressive mountains, beautiful valleys and striking summits. Add in the culture, food and local history and it’s no surprise guests keep coming back. Whilst many visitors return to their village hotel each day after exploring the mountains, an alternative option is to spend a night in one of the many mountain huts, or rifugios, around the Dolomites. With so many different hut to hut routes on offer, and hearing all the tales being recounted by returning hut to hut guests each evening, giddy with excitement from their adventures, we decided to find out what all the fuss was about and stay in a hut ourselves.

After a little planning we were decided; Rifugio Croda da Lago was going to be our hut of choice. Nestled into the Eastern side of the Croda da Lago mountain above Cortina, the only way in is to walk. There is a very bumpy 4×4 track that climbs to the Rifugio, but only to take provisions up from the valley. After a long day out on the mountain, we’d covered almost 15km, and 1000m of ascent, but as we rounded the final corner, our little home for the night came into view.

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Within minutes of arriving, the boots were untied, the bags were off, and cold drinks were in the hand. We just sat. The peaks surrounding the rifugio tower above, and the small lake next to the rifugio provided a sense of calm and quietness, allowing us to reflect on the adventures of the day.

As with so many of the Dolomites’ rifugios, Croda da Lago is family run and Modesto and Monica kindly welcomed us in. After a warm shower and feeling refreshed we sat down with our fellow guests for the night and tucked into a three-course feast; pasta or soup to start, with a tasty plate of polenta and local cheese or goulash for main and a very tempting Strudel for desert.

Despite the tiredness from the long days starting to set in, there’s too much chatter and conversation with fellow guests to retire to bed early. We exchange tales of our route with others, and discuss plans for the next day; who was heading in what direction, and how many more days were they hiking for. Eventually the draw of a good nights sleep is too much, and we finally make our way to the rooms. Not surprisingly it’s only a few minutes before everyone seems to have nodded off into a deep sleep.

The next morning, it was the smell of fresh coffee that woke us. Cowbells chimed outside, which was surprisingly calming, and reminded us that we were in a mountain hut, rather than waking to the church bells, or hustle and bustle of the village. We packed our bags and the rifugio soon started to empty as everyone filled up on a generous breakfast before heading out for the day. We started on our path that day with an even greater sense of adventure. Being so high up in the mountains enables you to explore paths that lead you well away from the crowds, and into areas of the mountain you couldn’t get to in a day. Being out early it really does feel like you’re seizing the day.

Our day had only one negative – we weren’t going to be doing it all over again that night. As we tightened our rucksacks that morning, and laced up our boots, we knew this wouldn’t be the last time we ever stayed in a hut. To experience the sun setting on the mountains from such a peaceful viewpoint, can only remind you of how lucky we are to be able to have these moments. Taking it all in in one night is impossible, but luckily on a hut-to-hut, there are many more memorable nights to be had. We’ve just got to organise our next adventure!

Contact us now on 01799 513331 or view our Hut to Hut Hiking Holidays page for more information.

With your self-guided hut to hut holiday fast approaching, we hope the information set out below helps you to prepare for your trip. As always, if you have any questions or worries that are not covered in the information below, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email. In the meantime we wish you an enjoyable and successful walking holiday.

Our hut to hut host is Sian – and she looks forward to meeting you on the day of your arrival.

Travel & Arrival Day
Dolomites Handbook Information

Travel, Arrival Day & Briefing

Sian – is your contact on the ground in France and is based in the town of Luz-Saint-Sauveur.
She can be contacted on: +336 8811 2212 (mobile)

Transfer from Lourdes – if you arriving by train or plane to Lourdes train station or Lourdes-Tarbes Airport, please ensure you have provided us with the correct flight and train arrival details. Sian will meet you – look out for someone holding a Collett’s logo sign – and transfer you (approx. 45mins) to your first nights’ accommodation in the town of Cauterets.

Details of your pick-up arrangements will have been sent to you by post. Please familiarise yourselves with the relevant instructions and check that everything is correct.

Guests Travelling Independently – If you are travelling from the UK in your own car, or hiring a car locally in France, please make your way to the town of Luz Saint-Sauveur and to the Hotel Les Templiers:
Hotel Les Templiers, 6 Place de la Comporte, 65120 Luz-Saint-Sauveur, France
– See Google Map link here.

Please arrive from 15:00 onward. Please ensure you have contacted Sian directly with your estimated time of arrival, to ensure she is around to greet you. Sian will then show you where you can leave your car, to return directly to at the end of the week. She will then transfer you (approx. 40mins) to your first nights’ accommodation in the town of Cauterets.
Click here to submit your ETA.

Route Briefing – after being transferred to your accommodation in Cauterets, Sian will spend 30 – 40 minutes with you to brief you on the week ahead. This will give you chance to ask any questions and run through the finer details of your trek. Please be sure to bring your maps and daily route cards with you to this meeting.

If you have a bag or any luggage that you are not taking with you on your Hut to Hut itinerary, Sian will take this from you at the end of the briefing, and store it ready for your return to Luz-Saint-Sauveur at the end of the week.

On Your Return – – At the end of the final day’s walk, you will be transferred to Luz-Saint-Sauveur and your final accommodation. Your evening meal will be taken in a nearby restaurant. Onward travel the following day:
– If returning to Lourdes train station or airport, Sian can advise you on bus times and route, or book you a private taxi. A private taxi to Lourdes train station is approx. €50, and to Lourdes-Tarbes airport approx. €70.
– Or, collect your car to continue on independently.

Contact Numbers

Useful Numbers & Contact Info.

Please ensure you enter the following telephone numbers in to your phone so you have them with you on your day of travel.

Collett's Mountain Holidays
Hotel Les Templiers
6 Place de la Comporte,
Luz-Saint-Sauveur,
65120,
Tirol,
France
Google Map Link
0033 5 62 92 81 52
Resort Contact for Sian - 0033 6 8811 2212
Collett's Mountain Holidays UK - 0044 (0) 1799 513331 Monday - Friday 9am-5.30pm / Saturday 9am-3pm
(Outside of these hours please call the resort manager - thank you)

A Night in a Hut
Dolomites Handbook Information

A Night in a Hut

During the week you spend the night in 3 Mountain Refuges. Here is a quick summary of how the Refuges work. We hope it helps on your forthcoming holiday.

Check-In – This is generally done at the kitchen counter. Let the Refuge guardians know the surname of the person who booked your holiday or party leader. Ask what the dinner arrangements and timings are, as they sometimes take your dinner order at least an hour before you sit down, but usually it is a set 3-course menu, with a variation for vegetarians. Dinner is served communally and everyone is expected to help-out with serving and clearing away plates etc.
Never go into sleeping areas with your boots on. Find a pair of hut slippers if you do not have your own – they are normally on racks in the main entrance area. If you need to dry clothes, they will show you the drying room or the best alternative.

Sleeping Arrangements & Washing – You will be allocated to a dormitory, where you can claim your bunk space, or you may have been allocated a specific bunk number. Make up your bed and get out toiletries/night clothes ready for later so that you are not rustling around in your rucksack when others are sleeping. We recommend you carry a sleeping bag liner for the duration of your trek – the hut will provide blankets but these are only periodically washed. Personal storage space is limited, so keep things tidy and compact. There are no shower facilities in the refuges, and washing facilities are quite simple and basic. Some refuges have a lights-out time of around 22:00. Have a head torch with you if planning to read or if you are going to bed later than your roommates – they will not appreciate having the light switched on after they have gone to bed!

Tabs, Packed Lunches & Tipping – In most refuges it is possible to run a tab for drinks etc., settling up on departure. A packed lunch (or “pique-nique”) is provided by each accommodation for each walk day and they will vary in content and style. They do not take kindly to guests adding to their lunch from the breakfast buffet. Tipping is not required or expected in any of the refuges.

Packing Checklist
Dolomites Handbook Information

What to Pack

We recommend you prepare for your trip prior to your holiday by walking in the hills carrying the equipment you intend to carry whilst in Austria. Once in Cauterets, any luggage you do not wish to take with you on your trek can be left with Sian and Sandrine and they will ensure it is waiting for you on your return to the guesthouse at the end of the week.

Most of the equipment/clothing on the suggested list below is typical British hill walking attire and most people will already own many items on the list. The emphasis is on being prepared for all weather conditions, whilst making your rucksack light enough to carry for successive days without being too much of a burden.

During the day

  • Strong, light and (most importantly) comfortable walking boots with good ankle support – if you are buying new boots for this trip, be sure to ‘break them in’ before you travel.
  • 35-40 litre rucksack
  • Light weight waterproof jacket and trousers – these should live in your rucksack permanently, as conditions in the mountains can change rapidly
  • A mid-layer fleece
  • A couple of lightweight, wicking base layers (depending on how much you mind smelling!) – long sleeves are better, as they will be warmer on cool days and can be pulled up on warmer days, or left down to give sun protection.
  • Another warm layer which can be put on during stops on cold days – down jacket or warm fleece are ideal
  • Lightweight and quick drying walking trousers – no jeans!
  • Warm gloves and hat
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Walking poles (if you use them – highly recommended when carrying a multi-day pack)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Water container (at least 2 litres)/thermos flask
  • Map case
  • Compass, whistle, torch, survival bag
  • Please note – cotton t-shirts or jeans should NOT be worn, as they provide no warmth once they are sweaty or wet from rain.

In the evening

Remember, everyone at the refuges will have walked to get there, so they will be in much the same boat as you. You do not need your Sunday best! It is quite acceptable for people to remain in the clothes they have been wearing for the day. A change of clothes is naturally nice, particularly if the weather is poor. The more clothes you take, the more comfortable you will be, but the more you have to carry! Generally, a pair of trousers and 2 or 3 tops will suffice for a week. One essential piece of kit for an evening is a pair of hut slippers or flip flops, as walking boots are not allowed inside. Most accomodation along the route do provide these, but a couple don’t. So you may like to bring your own pair or a thick pair of socks instead.

Refuge accommodation

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Ear plugs/eye mask
  • Headtorch/torch – essential to avoid turning on lights when going to bed later than others

General

  • Wash kit – (groups should consider sharing things like toothpaste, shower gel etc. In order to reduce weight)
  • Travel towel
  • Camera, charger and spare memory card
  • Plug adaptor
  • Sun cream & lip protection
  • Reference books (wild flowers etc)
  • French phrase book
  • Pack of cards/good book – there is often time to kill during an afternoon/evening
  • Slippers/hut shoes – though a number of huts provide these, you can’t beat your own!

Essential items

  • Passport
  • Euros and credit / debit card
  • Cash – your accommodation on a full board basis is paid for, but you pay for any drinks, snacks, cable cars etc.
  • Insurance and EHIC card
  • Any medication you require
  • Mobile phone and charger – you can keep it switched off, but it is an invaluable piece of safety equipment and could save a life
  • Signed disclaimer

Disclaimer & At Your Own Risk
Dolomites Handbook Information

Important – Disclaimer

On arrival, you will be asked to hand in the disclaimer sent by post.
This should be signed by all members of the party. This disclaimer is largely based on the ‘At your own Risk’ section in our brochure and website.
Download and print out the disclaimer here to sign and take with you

At Your Own Risk & Mountain Safety

Our staff who will advise you for your trek, and who organise walking itineraries if you stay on after the trek, are are not qualified mountain guides and you follow their advice and join them at your own risk – Click here to download and print out Organised & Self Guided Walks – At Your Own Risk & Mountain Safety

Everything you do during your stay in the French Pyrenees is done at your own risk. In the event of personal injury or death, we are not liable for efforts made by us to enhance your stay in the area, amongst which are our organised walks, other itineraries and the various printed and verbal suggestions concerning itineraries and routes that you will come across during your stay. It is a fact that mountainous areas and winter activities undertaken in the mountains are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such an area with Collett’s Mountain Holidays or, indeed, independently, you are exposing yourself and your party to the (thankfully small) possibility of personal injury or death. In such an event, Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in winter mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.

Your self guided hut to hut itineraries will be spent entirely at your own risk and it is important that you understand that whilst these routes are accurate at the time of writing, the situation on the ground may change and the itineraries rely on your sound judgement and decision making throughout.

Our self-guided hut to hut itineraries are put together on a basis of goodwill so that you might enjoy a route you may not otherwise have discovered having organised the itinerary yourself. It represents nothing more than the opportunity to go out on a beautiful walk in a part of this wonderful walking area, with the support of knowing that many of the logistics have been arranged for you.

It is a fact that mountains, mountainous areas and activities undertaken in them are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such areas, you are exposing yourself and your party to the possibility of personal injury or even death. In such an event, Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.

It is important that you understand that these routes are put together using our extensive knowledge of the area, to provide a route which we believe will be enjoyable and realistic for people who decide that they have the appropriate level of fitness and ability in order to complete the itinerary safely. The information provided uses only marked paths which are in use at the time of writing, however, it is your responsibility to continually assess the suitability and safety of the route throughout the walk and to undertake any action necessary to avoid any terrain which each or any member of the group is not comfortable with. The route choice also assumes an ability to read maps and navigate competently.

It is the responsibility of each individual in the group to make an assessment of the information provided, and to make an informed decision about whether the itinerary is suitable for them.

Finally, during your holiday with Collett’s Mountain Holidays you act at your own risk on any ideas, information and opinions you might acquire from our walk organisers or from material prepared by us to help you get the most from the area.

Duty of Care

We put safety first but you are as responsible as we are!
You walk these routes at your own risk, responsible for your own safety and as part of an autonomous group, in which each member has a Duty of Care to each other. Not being professionally responsible for you does not mean we turn a blind eye to safety, nor does it make us exempt from owing a duty of care to people joining our organised walks. We deem the safety of our staff and clients to be of unparalleled importance and we therefore take our own safety measures and endeavour to minimise the possibility of personal injury and death. We do this in line with legal requirements pertaining to duty of care.

As with any person or organisation involved with activities where there is a possibility of personal injury or death, the issue of duty of care is ever-present and, in the absence of a qualified guide in ‘non-professional’ activities anywhere in the world (whether organised by a company, club, university or even a friend) has a legal commitment to all involved. This commitment to others should therefore be at the heart of your decision when joining a particular organised walk, whilst also forming the basis of your behaviour during that particular excursion.

Click here to download and print out Organised & Self Guided Walks – At Your Own Risk & Mountain Safety.

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Hut to Hut in the Austrian Alps

With your self-guided hut to hut holiday fast approaching, we hope the information set out below helps you to prepare for your trip. As always, if you have any questions or worries that are not covered in the information below, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email. In the meantime we wish you an enjoyable and successful walking holiday.

Our hut to hut host looks forward to meeting you in the late afternoon or early evening on the day of your arrival.

Arrival Day
Dolomites Handbook Information

Arrival Day

All guests should make their way to Hotel Hinteregger upon arrival in Matrei. Where, provided you have supplied an ETA, someone will be waiting to greet you and settle you in.

Guests with Airport Transfers – if you have booked an airport transfer from Munich Airport (Mondays and Saturdays only), details of your pick-up and drop-off arrangements will have been sent to you by post. Please familiarise yourselves with the relevant instructions.

Guests Travelling Independently – If you are arriving in Matrei by car or public transport, please ensure you have contacted the UK office or the Matrei Resort Mobile with your estimated time of arrival. Then make your way to Hotel Hinteregger where you will be welcomed and settled. Contact numbers and directions can be found in the following tabs.

On Your Arrival – there will be a couple of administrative tasks to deal with. You will be welcomed by a member of our walking team, who will also inform you of when the hut to hut host will meet you to discuss your itinerary.

Hut to Hut Host – in the late afternoon or early evening we aim to offer all our Hut to Hut guests the opportunity to spend 30 – 40 minutes with our dedicated Hut to Hut Host. If you arrive late on your arrival day, this may be carried out straight after breakfast the following morning. This should provide you with a chance to ask questions and run through the finer details of your trek. Our host will give you appropriate bus timetables, village map (where relevant) etc. Please bring your maps, route cards and accommodation schedule to this meeting.

If you have luggage that you are not taking with you on your Hut to Hut itinerary, our host can arrange for your bags to be stored, ready for your return.

On Your Return – On your return to Matrei at the end of your trek, we will be expecting you. It is nice to know how you got on, but this is also a safety precaution to ensure you have returned safely. If you would prefer not to pop in to Office Hour, our informal evening gathering (6.30pm – 7.30pm) in the lounge of the Hotel Hinteregger that evening, please could you call the Resort Mobile using the number provided, to let us know you have returned. Thank you. If you are using our return airport transfer, or indeed staying on at the Hotel Hinteregger, you can find out more information at Office Hour for the following day.

Resort Contacts

Useful Numbers & Contact Info.

Please ensure you enter the following telephone numbers in to your phone so you have them with you on your day of travel.

Collett's Mountain Holidays
c/o Hotel Hinteregger
Hintermarkt 4,
9971,
Matrei in Osttirol,
Austria
Google Map Link
0043 4875 6587
Resort Mobile - 0044 7413 149564
Collett's Mountain Holidays UK - 0044 (0) 1799 513331 Monday - Friday 9am-6pm / Saturday 9am-3pm
(Outside of these hours please call your chalet or the resort manager - thank you)

Travel & Directions
Austrian Alps - Zugspitze Handbook Information

Travel & Transfers

Click here to print this page as a PDF.
Click here to print directions to Matrei as a PDF.

Before leaving home

Passport – Is it in date? Contact the passport office here if you need to renew your passport
Walking Holiday Insurance – Do you have any? Contact us on 01799 513331 or click here for details
Flight Check-in – Remember to print off your boarding pass
Baggage – Have you checked the size & weight of your baggage?
Book Airport Hotel – Click here
Book Airport Parking – Click here

Transfers & Arrival Day

If you have booked an Airport Transfer from Salzburg airport, you will be met by a member of our staff at the airport at a pre‐arranged time. Details of transfer times are posted in the mail by Dee Collett in the form of a letter to the person who booked the holiday roughly 2 weeks before your holiday.

We meet by the café inside the Arrivals of the airport. Look out for someone carrying a Collett’s brochure. The transfer time to Matrei is about 2 hrs 15 mins.

Important Notes concerning Collett’s Transfers – We try to keep ‘waiting at the airport’ to a minimum, but you have booked a transfer on the understanding that it is a possibility on both your day of arrival and departure. We are not offering a personal taxi service. Our transfer times are set to help us group people together from a number of different flights, both morning and afternoon. Waiting may also be caused by delayed flights – within reason. Please cancel your airport transfer and make your own plans if you are not happy with these arrangements, which by and large work very well.

On arrival in Matrei and the Hotel Hinteregger, you will be met by another member of our staff who will settle you in to the Hotel.

Fly Drivers, Self Drivers & Train Travellers

If you are hiring a car, self driving or arriving by public transport, rather than joining us on a transfer please refer to our Directions and Maps here.

All guests should make their way to the Hotel Hinteregger. You can check-in from 2pm onwards and if you have provided us with an ETA, a member of Collett’s staff will be available to meet you. Please contact us if you have not yet provided an ETA, or are delayed. Click here to submit your E.T.A.

Vignette – will need to be purchased and displayed on your windscreen if you are driving on the Austrian Motorways. They can be purchased from most petrol stations on the motorways.

Parking – is available in the hotel car park, found by continuing straight on past the hotel for about 150m then turn right up a slight hill. At the T-Junction at the top, turn right again and you will find the hotel car park on the right after another 150m.

Fly Drivers, Self Drivers & Train Travellers

If you are hiring a car, self driving or arriving by public transport, rather than joining us on a transfer please refer to our Directions and Village Map here.

All guests (whether staying in the Hotel or an apartment) should make their way to the Hotel Hinteregger. You can check-in from 2pm onwards and if you have provided us with an ETA, a member of Collett’s staff will be available to meet you. Please contact us if you have not yet provided an ETA, or are delayed. Click here to submit your E.T.A.

Vignette – will need to be purchased and displayed on your windscreen if you are driving on the Austrian Motorways. They can be purchased from most petrol stations on the motorways.

Parking – is available in the hotel car park, found by continuing straight on past the hotel for about 150m then turn right up a slight hill. At the T-Junction at the top, turn right again and you will find the hotel car park on the right after another 150m.

Google Map Directions

Go to www.bit.ly/Hotel-Hinteregger-Directions for Google Map Directions from any location.

A Night in a Hut
Dolomites Handbook Information

A Night in a Hut

Here is a quick summary of how the huts work. We hope it helps on your forthcoming holiday.

Check-In – This is generally done at the bar or kitchen counter. Let the hut guardians know the surname of the person who booked your holiday and that you have booked through Collett’s Mountain Holidays. You might have to present your Accommodation Itinerary. Ask what the dinner arrangements are, as they usually take your dinner order at least an hour before you sit down. Never go into sleeping areas with your boots on. Find a pair of hut slippers if you do not have your own – they are normally on racks in the main entrance area. If you need to dry clothes, they will show you the drying room or the best alternative.

Sleeping Arrangements & Washing – You will be allocated to a room or dormitory, where you can claim your bunk space, or you may have been allocated a specific bunk number. Make up your bed and get out toiletries/night clothes ready for later so that you are not rustling around in your rucksack when others are sleeping. We recommend you carry a sleeping bag liner for the duration of your trek – the hut will provide blankets but these are only periodically washed. Personal storage space is limited, so keep things tidy and compact. Shower and washing facilities are communal and mixed sex, and will vary hut to hut, some being quite simple and basic. We advise taking a shower asap, as hot water can be limited, although some huts only have hot water after a certain time in the afternoon. Some showers require tokens, which are usually available for purchase from the bar or kitchen. Some huts have a lights-out time of around 10pm. Have a head torch with you if planning to read or if you are going to bed later than your roommates – they will not appreciate having the light switched on after they have gone to bed!

Tabs, Tap Water, Packed Lunches & Tipping – In most huts it is possible to run a tab for drinks etc., settling up on departure. You should ascertain if the tap water is drinkable, as sometimes it is not. Provisions for lunch are available for purchase in all huts. Some will come in the form of a proper packed lunch (“Lunchpaket” in German), or in some huts you order individual items from the menu (such as “Käse Brot” – bread and cheese). Place your lunch order in the evening so they have plenty of advanced warning. They do not take kindly to guests making packed lunches from the breakfast buffet. It is worth noting if you will be passing a hut during the following day’s route, where you can have your lunch instead. Tipping is not required or expected in any of the huts.

Packing Checklist
Hut Handbook Information

What to Pack

Click here to print this page as a PDF.

We recommend you prepare for your trip prior to your holiday by walking in the hills carrying the equipment you intend to carry whilst in Austria. Once in Matrei, any luggage you do not wish to take with you on your trek can be left with us and we will ensure it is waiting for you on your return to the hotel at the end.

Most of the equipment/clothing on the suggested list below is typical British hill walking attire and most people will already own many items on the list. The emphasis is on being prepared for all weather conditions, whilst making your rucksack light enough to carry for successive days without being too much of a burden.

During the day

  • Strong, light and (most importantly) comfortable walking boots with good ankle support – if you are buying new boots for this trip, be sure to ‘break them in’ before you travel.
  • 35-40 litre rucksack
  • Light weight waterproof jacket and trousers – these should live in your rucksack permanently, as conditions in the mountains can change rapidly
  • A mid-layer fleece
  • A couple of lightweight, wicking base layers (depending on how much you mind smelling!) – long sleeves are better, as they will be warmer on cool days and can be pulled up on warmer days, or left down to give sun protection.
  • Another warm layer which can be put on during stops on cold days – down jacket or warm fleece are ideal
  • Lightweight and quick drying walking trousers – no jeans!
  • Warm gloves and hat
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Walking poles (if you use them – highly recommended when carrying a multi-day pack)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Water container (at least 2 litres)/thermos flask
  • Map case
  • Compass, whistle, torch, survival bag
  • Please note – cotton t-shirts or jeans should NOT be worn, as they provide no warmth once they are sweaty or wet from rain.

In the evening

Remember, almost everyone at the hut will have walked to get there, so they will be in much the same boat as you. You do not need your Sunday best! It is quite acceptable for people to remain in the clothes they have been wearing for the day. A change of clothes is naturally nice, particularly if the weather is poor. The more clothes you take, the more comfortable you will be, but the more you have to carry! Generally, a pair of trousers and 2 or 3 tops will suffice for a week. One essential piece of kit for an evening is a pair of hut slippers or flip flops, as walking boots are not allowed inside. Some huts along the route do provide these, but a couple don’t. So you may like to bring your own pair or a thick pair of socks instead.

Hut accommodation

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Ear plugs/eye mask
  • Headtorch/torch – essential to avoid turning on lights when going to bed later than others

General

  • Wash kit – (groups should consider sharing things like toothpaste, shower gel etc. In order to reduce weight)
  • Travel towel
  • Camera, charger and spare memory card
  • Plug adaptor
  • Sun cream & lip protection
  • Reference books (wild flowers etc)
  • German phrase book
  • Pack of cards/good book – there is often time to kill during an afternoon/evening
  • Slippers/hut shoes – though a number of huts provide these, you can’t beat your own!
  • Swim trunks/costume – Hotel at start/end has a sauna and steam room

Essential items

  • Passport
  • Euros and credit / debit card
  • Cash – your accommodation on a half board basis is paid for, but you pay for any packed lunches, drinks, snacks, buses/trains, cable cars/lifts etc. One or two nights accept credit cards, but not all and so having some cash is essential
  • Insurance and EHIC card
  • Any medication you require
  • Mobile phone and charger – you can keep it switched off, but it is an invaluable piece of safety equipment and could save a life
  • Signed disclaimer

Disclaimer & At Your Own Risk
Dolomites Handbook Information

Important – Disclaimer

On arrival, you will be asked to hand in the disclaimer sent by post.
This should be signed by all members of the party. This disclaimer is largely based on the ‘At your own Risk’ section in our brochure and website.
Download and print out the disclaimer here to sign and take with you

At Your Own Risk & Mountain Safety

Our staff who will advise you for your trek, and who organise walking itineraries if you stay on after the trek, are are not qualified mountain guides and you follow their advice and join them at your own risk – Click here to download and print out Organised & Self Guided Walks – At Your Own Risk & Mountain Safety

Everything you do during your stay in Austria is done at your own risk. In the event of personal injury or death, we are not liable for efforts made by us to enhance your stay in the area, amongst which are our organised walks, other itineraries and the various printed and verbal suggestions concerning itineraries and routes that you will come across during your stay. It is a fact that mountainous areas and winter activities undertaken in the mountains are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such an area with Collett’s Mountain Holidays or, indeed, independently, you are exposing yourself and your party to the (thankfully small) possibility of personal injury or death. In such an event, Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in winter mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.

Your self guided hut to hut itineraries will be spent entirely at your own risk and it is important that you understand that whilst these routes are accurate at the time of writing, the situation on the ground may change and the itineraries rely on your sound judgement and decision making throughout.

Our self-guided hut to hut itineraries are put together on a basis of goodwill so that you might enjoy a route you may not otherwise have discovered having organised the itinerary yourself. It represents nothing more than the opportunity to go out on a beautiful walk in a part of this wonderful walking area, with the support of knowing that many of the logistics have been arranged for you.

It is a fact that mountains, mountainous areas and activities undertaken in them are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such areas, you are exposing yourself and your party to the possibility of personal injury or even death. In such an event, Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.

It is important that you understand that these routes are put together using our extensive knowledge of the area, to provide a route which we believe will be enjoyable and realistic for people who decide that they have the appropriate level of fitness and ability in order to complete the itinerary safely. The information provided uses only marked paths which are in use at the time of writing, however, it is your responsibility to continually assess the suitability and safety of the route throughout the walk and to undertake any action necessary to avoid any terrain which each or any member of the group is not comfortable with. The route choice also assumes an ability to read maps and navigate competently.

It is the responsibility of each individual in the group to make an assessment of the information provided, and to make an informed decision about whether the itinerary is suitable for them.

Finally, during your holiday with Collett’s Mountain Holidays you act at your own risk on any ideas, information and opinions you might acquire from our walk organisers or from material prepared by us to help you get the most from the area.

Duty of Care

We put safety first but you are as responsible as we are!
You walk these routes at your own risk, responsible for your own safety and as part of an autonomous group, in which each member has a Duty of Care to each other. Not being professionally responsible for you does not mean we turn a blind eye to safety, nor does it make us exempt from owing a duty of care to people joining our organised walks. We deem the safety of our staff and clients to be of unparalleled importance and we therefore take our own safety measures and endeavour to minimise the possibility of personal injury and death. We do this in line with legal requirements pertaining to duty of care.

As with any person or organisation involved with activities where there is a possibility of personal injury or death, the issue of duty of care is ever-present and, in the absence of a qualified guide in ‘non-professional’ activities anywhere in the world (whether organised by a company, club, university or even a friend) has a legal commitment to all involved. This commitment to others should therefore be at the heart of your decision when joining a particular organised walk, whilst also forming the basis of your behaviour during that particular excursion.

Hike the rooftops of the East Tyrol, Austria in central Europe’s largest National Park

  • 3 breathtaking 7 night walking tours amidst high peaks, tarns and waterfalls
  • Easier moderate, moderate and hard itineraries

Overview

Self Guided Hut to Hut in the Hohe Tauern

Choose from 3 spectacular itineraries

New for 2018, we are extending our offering of self-guided hut to hut routes to our newest resort, Austria’s Hohe Tauern. Our three 7-night itineraries have been tailormade to offer our guests the opportunity to explore some of Austria’s most spectacular alpine scenery and enjoy the unforgettable experience of watching the sun rise and set from spectacular high-altitude locations. Our three routes venture into the heart of the Hohe Tauern, an area of striking glacial landscapes, flower-strewn meadows and idyllic mountain lakes.

While this area of Austria is already noticeably less “discovered” than much of the Austrian Alps, the true beauty of these itineraries is the opportunity of spending the night in the mountains and appreciating a rare feeling of solitude once most walkers have descended to the valleys.

We have prepared comprehensive route notes for each itinerary, providing you with a thorough description of the route, the terrain you will encounter and any logistical information that may help along the way.

Self-guided hut to hut route notes and guidance - Hohe Tauern

Each route crosses a variety of alpine terrain and traverses one of the main mountain groups in the region, visiting mountain lakes, glacial corries, crossing rocky alpine cols and passing through rustic East Tyrolean hamlets and farms.

The Hohe Tauern seems tailormade for multiday hiking, and the region is liberally studded with mountain huts and traditional working farms. On a Collett’s hut to hut itinerary, you will stay in rustic but well-appointed mountain huts, all serving local cuisine and offering the perfect refuge after a full day’s walking. In some cases you will stay in more comfortable local guesthouses in hamlets nestled in the valleys.

One of the charms of the Hohe Tauern is its freedom from overdevelopment and the areas explored by our itineraries are free from the scars of ski infrastructure or excessive tourism. However, access to some of the routes is facilitated by public buses and by also jeep hut taxis which offer a convenient means of ascending (or descending!) the valleyside.

Collett’s offer airport transfers from Salzburg Airport (approx. 2.5hrs) on Saturdays and Mondays, or alternatively you can hire a car and arrive on any day you wish (except Wednesday, our staff day off).

On a Collett’s hut to hut holiday, we take all the hard work out of the planning for you, and leave you to simply enjoy the trek! At the planning stage, we offer a factsheet for each of our itineraries which give a brief day by day description of what to expect, along with figures indicating height gain, total descent and distance covered each day. Once you settle on your preferred route we make the relevant reservations for the huts and then, nearer the time, send you the detailed day by day route notes printed on waterproof paper. We also supply the relevant 1:50,000 Hohe Tauern map. Upon arrival in Matrei, you will be greeted by our Hut to Hut Host who will talk you through your itinerary, confirm any transport or tailored booking arrangements and answer any final queries.

To make an enquiry click here.

7 Night Routes

Three Superb Self Guided Itineraries

Self-guided walking in the Austrian AlpsTaking a break from the walking at Seebensee in the Austrian AlpsThe Coburger Hut, high in the Austrian AlpsRoute planning at our base in the Austrian AlpsRoute planning at our base in the Austrian Alps

Our hut to hut holidays are available between late June and mid-September, depending on the itinerary. We especially recommend late July, late August and early September, when the routes are usually in the best condition and the huts are generally quieter. The earlier you book, the easier it is for us to guarantee your accommodation and confirm your arrangements.

We have three 7-night itineraries to choose from, of Easier Moderate, Moderate and Hard grades. The nature of the terrain here in the Hohe Tauern means that these itineraries are more challenging than our other hut to hut routes in the Dolomites and Zugspitz Arena, and on the whole, are half a grade harder. Please read the downloadable PDF factsheets below in detail to get a clear picture of the terrain and day by day route.

Your first and last nights of the week are spent in a hotel in Matrei. The first night is on a half board basis, but your last night does not include dinner, giving you the opportunity to choose a local restaurant in the village to end your week with.

If you would like us to check availability in the huts, please contact Kelly to talk through the itinerary of your choice and to let her know your specific travel dates. We ask you not to book flights or travel plans until we have confirmed all the accommodation for your itinerary.

Tour 1 – Virgental Balcony Traverse

Easier Moderate

This itinerary incorporates 2 nights in a hotel in Matrei at the beginning, allowing you to explore the area and ease yourself in with a day walk, before commencing the 5-day 4-night hut to hut route. You explore the panoramic balcony paths of the Lasörling mountain group above the Virgental valley. You end with two final gentler days visiting the Umbalfalle waterfalls. Accommodation is a mix of 3 mountain huts with basic yet comfortable facilities, a charming guesthouse, along with 3 nights in a hotel in Matrei. The route is an excellent introduction to the hut to hut experience in the Hohe Tauern.

Factsheet – Virgental Balcony Traverse – Easier Moderate Itinerary

Tour 2 – Lasörling Group Traverse

Moderate

The first and last night is spent in a hotel in Matrei, and then in 5 mountain huts situated in scenic locations. This is a varied traverse of the Lasörling gruppe, one of the main mountain groups of the Hohe Tauern. Offering an excellent introduction to the area, the route explores steep-sided valleys and stunningly panoramic balcony paths, visiting idyllic mountain tarns and offering superb, far-reaching views. Access is aided using a public bus followed by a jeep taxi on Day 1, enabling you to begin your tour high in the mountains.

Factsheet – Lasörling Group Traverse – Moderate Itinerary

Tour 3 – The Venediger Hohenweg

Hard/Very Hard

The first and last night is spent in a hotel in Matrei, and then during the 5 night trek you stay in 2 valley guesthouses and in 3 remote yet comfortable mountain huts, always with stunning views and serving good hearty food. This is a true Alpine classic of the area, and explores the wild and remote alpine terrain of the Venediger Hohenweg, a high-altitude traverse through some of the most stunning scenery in the Hohe Tauern. Crossing varied and challenging terrain, including an exposed protected path, the tour offers stunning, close-up views of the expansive glaciers that characterise the Hohe Tauern. The days are long and varied, and require a good level of fitness and naviagation skills. The final day ventures onto the parallel Lasörling group.

Factsheet – Venediger Hohenweg – Hard/Very Hard Itinerary

To make an enquiry click here.

The Huts
Route planning at our base in the Austrian Alps

Accommodation in Guesthouses and Alpine Hütte

Your first and last nights (and second also for the Easier Moderate route) will be spent in the East Tyrolean village of Matrei. Very much a working village, Matrei has retained a “lived in” feel and, nestled at the junction of three major valleys, and is an ideal base from which to embark on a multi-day hike.

During your trek, accommodation is provided in Hütte, traditional Austrian mountain huts. Not only does this offer the unique opportunity to experience sunset and sunrise high up in the mountains, the huts also serve hearty food and drink, often with an emphasis on local produce with locally produced milk, cheese and meat, and offer basic yet comfortable facilities and a convivial atmosphere – everything you could wish for after a good day’s walking. Sleeping arrangements are mixed sex and in dormitory-style accommodation, in bunk beds or in some cases, on sleeping platforms where you sleep on mattresses in a row alongside one another. In some huts, it is possible to upgrade to a private room, subject to availability and a supplement – see the individual factsheets for details. All of the huts have washing facilities and showers, some of which are coin operated. Sleeping bag liners are required in all of the huts – the sheets and blankets, which are provided, are not washed after each use, and often only periodically.

To make an enquiry click here.

The Food

Food in the Mountains

Food in Austrian Alpine Huts

Each hut serves breakfast and an evening meal. Breakfasts are usually offered in the form of a simple continental buffet, varying in selection depending on how remote the hut is. Huts in more isolated locations tend to offer a more basic breakfast such as cereals, cheese, ham, bread and preserves and tea and coffee, while other huts may offer a wider choice including fruit, yoghurt and boiled eggs. Lunch is not included in your holiday and while on some days you may wish to eat in a different mountain hut encountered on the route, lunch items and snacks can be purchased at each accommodation. Some huts are happy for guests to make a simple sandwich from the breakfast selection to take away with them, whilst others charge a small fee for this. In the evening, dinner is usually taken from a set menu with two or three choices for each course, and normally served at 18:30. However, some of the more isolated or basic huts offer a fixed menu with no choice. The food is invariably hearty, filling and tasty, and usually gives a good representation of local cuisine. Vegetarians are catered for, but please be warned that meals tend to be much more limited in choice and variation; given their remote locations, certain huts do not have a ready supply of fruit and vegetables and consequently the choice of ingredients is more restricted.

If you wish to sample other local food at lunchtimes, you will often pass other huts along the route serving traditional dishes such as Knödel (dumplings) Schlutzkrapen (ravioli) and of course Strudel, while may huts serve their own locally-distilled Schnapps.

To make an enquiry click here.

Airport Transfers
Getting to and from the Austrian Alps - Airport Transfers

Airport Transfers from Salzburg Airport

Return Transfers at £80 per person to the Hohe Tauern
Available Saturdays and Mondays

Our airport transfer service is easy to use and popular. If you need any help or advice or have any questions regarding how our Airport Transfer System works please call us on 01799 513331 or make an enquiry here.

Our transfer service is not a personal taxi service and waiting can be unavoidable, so please do not book a transfer unless you are relaxed about the possibility of having to kill time in Salzburg (if time permits) or at the airport. In short, we send one vehicle down to the airport to drop off all our departees for their flights home, whilst the same vehicle will collect all our arrivals to take them up to the mountains.

Transfer Times – We will contact you about 2 weeks before your holiday with the times of your transfers. These are determined by the flight times of everyone we collect on that day but 5pm is the deadline for a transfer, as this allows us to get everyone up to the mountains in time for dinner. We try to keep waiting to a minimum but we can make no guarantees. For example, if your flight lands at 11am and we have other arrivals landing at 4.30pm, the transfer is likely to set off at 5pm. On the other hand, you might be our only arrivals on that day, in which case we will meet you from your flight and take you straight to Matrei.

On your outward journey, your flight should arrive before 5pm and leave after 10.30am on the day of your departure. Make sure you understand how our transfer system works by reading this page in full – Thank you. Before booking a flight or transfer, please make sure your desired accommodation is available.

Journey Time from Salzburg to Matrei – 2½hrs

Homebound Transfers – on your day of departure, be prepared for an early start. If someone has a flight home at 10.30am, we have to leave the mountains at about 6am – 10.30am is the earliest we allow guests to book a return flight. Again, departure times are dictated by the flight times of all our transferees.

Alternatives

  • Consider fly driving – we can help you arrange a safe, comprehensive and competitive car hire package giving you ultimate flexibility for your arrival and departure days. There is parking in Matrei for you to leave the car for the duration of the trip. See the next tab for car hire details.
  • Taxi – efficient but expensive – about €425 one way.

We send you the times of your airport transfers and meeting details 14 days before your holiday.

Car Hire

Car Hire

Getting to and from the Austrian Alps - Fly Drive

Fly-driving is popular and most of our guests choose this option, if you need any help or advice please call us on 01799 513331.

Having a car gives you complete flexibility to arrive on any day and based on your own flights and timings.

The journey from our nearest airports (Salzburg, Innsbruck and Munich) is simple. Driving conditions are good and motorists are civil – the spectacular surroundings tend to remove the need to hurry.

How car hire with Collett’s works

Collett’s have teamed up with Car Trawler in order to offer you car hire from all the big name brands (as well as some of the lesser known local suppliers), at some of the most competitive prices available anywhere on the internet. All we ask is you give our car hire a try before making your final decision – you may well be pleasantly surprised by what we can offer you. Fill in the details in the form below and the search engine will open up in a new tab or window – If you need any help or advice please call 01799 513331.

Please note that:
* Cartrawler deals direct with all customer service issues, and their Helpdesk number is 0207 043 9764 or alternatively visit their Frequently Asked Questions Webpage.
* it is essential that you read carefully the full rental conditions of the vehicle you intend to book, paying particular attention to matters such as whether unlimited mileage is included, fuel policies (eg. some rentals require you to buy a full tank of fuel on collection and then return the vehicle empty), the accepted forms of payment and ID, and the applicable cancellation policy. It is very important that you are familiar with all rental conditions in order to avoid incurring any additional fees or unexpected charges on collection or return.
* your rental will be direct with the supplier identified on your confirmation e-mail not Collett’s.
* if you return the vehicle at a later time than your collection time you will be charged an extra days rental. Pro rata.
* you may add additional drivers when you collect your vehicle. Prices vary but are approximately €8.50 per additional driver per day.
* Worldwide Insure can offer you Excess Reimbursement Insurance for only £2.50 per day, click here to take out this cover.

Hiring a vehicle abroad

After 8 June 2015 if you are hiring a vehicle you will be asked to provide evidence of your driving record (entitlements and/or penalty points), you will be able to do this online for free by accessing the DVLA's 'Share Driving Licence' service. This service is currently in development but will be available before the counterpart is abolished. The service should be used by both paper and photocard driving licence holders and will also allow you to download a summary of your licence record which can be printed or shared.

For full details please visit the DVLA's website here.
To view or share your driving licence information visit the DVLA's website here. You must take this as a printout with you to show to your car hire company.

Prices & Info.

Please see Individual Factsheets for Exact Pricing

Late June to late September 2019, with limited availability in August when the huts and alms are particularly busy.
£825 per person with Airport Transfer (Saturday & Monday only)
£745 per person without Airport Transfer

Arrive on the day of your choice, except Wednesday which is our day off.
Please note that all bookings are subject to availability in the accommodation – please do not make any travel arrangements until we have confirmed your accommodation arrangements.

Based on Half Board accommodation in dormitory style rooms in mountain huts/alms and private double rooms in the hotels.
NOTE: Some dormitories have sleeping platform bed arrangements; sleeping side by side in a row.
A few huts have the option to upgrade to a private room – subject to a supplement of £15 per person per night.
All dormitories are mixed sex and vary in size from hut to hut.
No single supplements apply for dormitory accommodation but are applied to private rooms.
You must supply your own sleeping bag liners for all hut accommodation.
Towels are not provided in any hut accommodation (but are in the hotel and guesthouses) – please bring your own.

What’s Included

  • If required – return airport transfers from Salzburg. (Flights arriving in Salzburg must land before 5.00pm, and depart from Salzburg no earlier than 10.30am – please see the Airport Transfers tab
  • Accommodation in Matrei for the first and last night of your trip – normally in a hotel – B&B basis for last night
  • Breakfast and dinner each day
  • A meet and greet in Matrei with a member of the Collett’s team, who will talk you through your route and itinerary
  • All accommodation
  • Detailed route laminates
  • Relevant map
  • Detailed pre-departure information including packing suggestions

What’s Not Included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Evening meal in Matrei on last night.
  • Lunches (lunch items are available for purchase at each hut and hotel)
  • Drinks/snacks and any other purchases in the accommodation
  • Lifts/cable cars, buses and trains – see routes notes for details and estimated costs

At Your Own Risk

Your self guided hut to hut itineraries will be spent entirely at your own risk and it is important that you understand that whilst these routes are accurate at the time of writing, the situation on the ground may change and the itineraries rely on your sound judgement and decision making throughout.

Our self-guided hut to hut itineraries are put together on a basis of goodwill so that you might enjoy a route you may not otherwise have discovered having organised the itinerary yourself. It represents nothing more than the opportunity to go out on a beautiful walk in a part of this wonderful walking area, with the support of knowing that many of the logistics have been arranged for you.

It is a fact that mountains, mountainous areas and activities undertaken in them are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such areas, you are exposing yourself and your party to the possibility of personal injury or even death. In such an event, Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.

It is important that you understand that these routes are put together using our extensive knowledge of the area, to provide a route which we believe will be enjoyable and realistic for people who decide that they have the appropriate level of fitness and ability in order to complete the itinerary safely. The information provided uses only marked paths which are in use at the time of writing, however, it is your responsibility to continually assess the suitability and safety of the route throughout the walk and to undertake any action necessary to avoid any terrain which each or any member of the group is not comfortable with. The route choice also assumes an ability to read maps and navigate competently.

It is the responsibility of each individual in the group to make an assessment of the information provided, and to make an informed decision about whether the itinerary is suitable for them.

Finally, during your holiday with Collett’s Mountain Holidays you act at your own risk on any ideas, information and opinions you might acquire from our walk organisers or from material prepared by us to help you get the most from the area.

To make an enquiry click here.

Thank you for making an enquiry for a walking holiday on one of Hut to Hut Tours.

You will receive a confirmation by email, please check your junk email folder in case and mark enquiries@_colletts.co.uk as a safe sender.

Kelly, Pete or Jenny will check on our availability and your specific requirements and get back to you with regards to your enquiry as soon as possible. If you need an immediate response please call 01799 513331 (if calling from outside the UK please call 0044 1799 513331).

Hut to Hut in the Zugspitz Arena, North Tyrol

With your self-guided hut to hut holiday fast approaching, we hope the information set out below helps you to prepare for your trip. As always, if you have any questions or worries that are not covered in the information below, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email. In the meantime we wish you an enjoyable and successful walking holiday.

Arrival Day
Dolomites Handbook Information

Arrival Day

All guests should make their way to Hotel Sonnenspitze upon arrival in Ehrwald. Where, provided you have supplied an ETA, someone will be waiting to greet you and settle you in to your accommodation – if you have booked this with us for the first night before you trek.

Guests with Airport Transfers – if you have booked an airport transfer from Munich Airport (Thursdays and Saturdays only), details of your pick-up and drop-off arrangements will have been sent to you by post. Please familiarise yourselves with the relevant instructions.

Guests Travelling Independently – If you are arriving in Ehrwald by car or public transport, please ensure you have contacted the UK office or the Ehrwald Resort Mobile with your estimated time of arrival. Then make your way to Hotel Sonnenspitze where you will be welcomed and settled. Contact numbers and directions can be found in the following tabs.

On Your Arrival – there will be a couple of administrative tasks to deal with, if you have booked your first night’s accommodation with us. You will be welcomed by a member of our walking team, who will settle you in and answer any last minute queries.

If you have luggage that you are not taking with you on your Hut to Hut itinerary, you can arrange for your bags to be stored at your hotel ready for your return.

On Your Return – On your return to Ehrwald at the end of your trek, we will be expecting you. It is nice to know how you got on, but this is also a safety precaution to ensure you have returned safely. If you would prefer not to pop in to Office Hour, our informal evening gathering (6.30pm – 7.30pm) in the bar of the Hotel Sonnenspitze that evening, please could you call/text the Resort Mobile using the number provided, to let us know you have returned. Thank you. If you are using our return airport transfer, or indeed staying on at the Hotel Alpin or Hotel Sonnenspitze, you can find out more information at Office Hour for the following day.

Resort Contacts

Useful Numbers & Contact Info.

Please ensure you enter the following telephone numbers in to your phone so you have them with you on your day of travel.

Collett's Mountain Holidays
Hotel Sonnenspitze
Kirchplatz 14,
Ehrwald,
A-6632,
Tirol,
Austria
Google Map Link
0043 567 322 080
Collett's Mountain Holidays
Romantik Hotel Spielmann
Wettersteinstraße 24,
Ehrwald,
A-6632,
Tirol,
Austria
Google Map Link
0043 567 322 250
Resort Mobile - 0044 7413 147693
Collett's Mountain Holidays UK - 0044 (0) 1799 513331 Monday - Friday 9am-5.30pm / Saturday 9am-3pm
(Outside of these hours please call the Resort Mobile - thank you)

Travel & Directions
Austrian Alps - Zugspitze Handbook Information

Travel & Transfers

Before leaving home

Passport – Is it in date? Contact the passport office here if you need to renew your passport
Walking Holiday Insurance – Do you have any? Contact us on 01799 513331 or click here for details
Flight Check-in – Remember to print off your boarding pass
Baggage – Have you checked the size & weight of your baggage?
Book Airport Hotel – Click here
Book Airport Parking – Click here

Fly Drivers and Self Drivers

If you are hiring a car or self driving from the UK, rather than joining us on a transfer, please download and refer to our Driving Directions and Maps here.

We ask that all guests (regardless of which hotel or apartment) make their way to the Hotel Sonnenspitze in the centre of Ehrwald. From there, if staying elsehwere, one of our team will show you to your accommodation. You can check-in to your accommodation from 2pm onwards and if you have provided us with an ETA, a member of Collett’s staff will be available to meet you. Please contact us if you have not yet provided an ETA, or are delayed. Click here to submit your E.T.A.

Vignette – will need to be purchased only if you are driving via Innsbruck (on the motorway) to Ehrwald, but not when driving down via Munich or Memmingen. They can be bought from petrol stations.

Parking – is available on the street directly in front of the Hotel Sonnenspitze and also in the rear car park behind the hotel.

Google Map Directions

Go to www.bit.ly/Hotel-Sonnenspitze-Directions for Google Map Directions from any location.

Train Travel

If you plan to arrive in Ehrwald by train, you can pre-book train tickets online using the website www.bahn.com or alternatively purchase tickets at Munich airport from the tickets manchines in the terminal. You will first take an S-Bahn shuttle train from Munich airport to Munich Main Station “Munchen Hauptbahnhof”, before changing platforms and buildings take a train direct to Ehrwald. The name of Ehrwald station is “Ehrwald Zugspitzbahn”. Sometimes the carriages separate at the town of Garmisch-Partenkichen before continuing on to Ehrwald. Please contact us for any advice or guidance on train travel, and ask for Kelly.

Upon arrival in Ehrwald you can walk from the station to the Hotel Sonnenspitze on the central Kirchplatz square in approx. 20mins. Please download and refer to our Directions and Maps here.

Alternatively, if you prefer not to walk, there are periodic buses that stop at the station or you can pre-book a taxi from the station with a locally based taxi firm called ‘Shuttle & More…’ It’s a 5 minute drive to Hotel Sonnenspitze – they offer a 24 hour service and speak good English and the cost is approx. €5 – €10. Please note that Ehrwald station is small and there will not be taxis waiting at the station.

Tel: 0043 664 266 7166
Email: office@shuttle-and-more.com
Web: www.shuttle-and-more.com

Munich Airport Transfer

If you have booked an Airport Transfer from Munich airport, you will be met by a member of our staff at the airport at a pre‐arranged time. Details of the transfer times are posted in the mail by Dee Collett in the form of a letter to the person who booked the holiday roughly 2 weeks before your holiday.

We meet by the “Coffee Fellows” café inside the Arrivals Hall B of Terminal 1, close to Exit B. Look out for someone carrying a Collett’s brochure. The transfer time to Ehrwald is about 2 hours.

Important Notes concerning Collett’s Transfers – We try to keep ‘waiting at the airport’ to a minimum, but you have booked a transfer on the understanding that it is a possibility on both your day of arrival and departure. We are not offering a personal taxi service. Our transfer times are set to help us group people together from a number of different flights, both morning and afternoon. Waiting may also be caused by delayed flights – within reason. Please cancel your airport transfer and make your own plans if you are not happy with these arrangements, which by and large work very well.

On arrival in Ehrwald and the Hotel Sonnenspitze, you will be met by another member of our staff who will settle you in to your accommodation, whether it be in one of the hotels or a nearby apartment.

A Night in a Hut
Dolomites Handbook Information

A Night in a Hut

Here is a quick summary of how the huts work. We hope it helps on your forthcoming holiday.

Check-In – This is generally done at the bar or kitchen counter. Let the hut guardians know the surname of the person who booked your holiday and that you have booked through Collett’s Mountain Holidays. You might have to present your Accommodation Itinerary. Ask what the dinner arrangements are, as they usually take your dinner order at least an hour before you sit down. Never go into sleeping areas with your boots on. Find a pair of hut slippers if you do not have your own – they are normally on racks in the main entrance area. If you need to dry clothes, they will show you the drying room or the best alternative.

Sleeping Arrangements & Washing – You will be allocated to a room or dormitory, where you can claim your bunk space, or you may have been allocated a specific bunk number. Make up your bed and get out toiletries/night clothes ready for later so that you are not rustling around in your rucksack when others are sleeping. We recommend you carry a sleeping bag liner for the duration of your trek – the hut will provide blankets but these are only periodically washed. Personal storage space is limited, so keep things tidy and compact. Shower and washing facilities are communal and mixed sex, and will vary hut to hut, some being quite simple and basic. We advise taking a shower asap, as hot water can be limited, although some huts only have hot water after a certain time in the afternoon. Some showers require tokens, which are usually available for purchase from the bar or kitchen. Some huts have a lights-out time of around 10pm. Have a head torch with you if planning to read or if you are going to bed later than your roommates – they will not appreciate having the light switched on after they have gone to bed!

Tabs, Tap Water, Packed Lunches & Tipping – In most huts it is possible to run a tab for drinks etc., settling up on departure. You should ascertain if the tap water is drinkable, as sometimes it is not. Provisions for lunch are available for purchase in all huts. Some will come in the form of a proper packed lunch (“Lunchpaket” in German), or in some huts you order individual items from the menu (such as “Käse Brot” – bread and cheese). Place your lunch order in the evening so they have plenty of advanced warning. They do not take kindly to guests making packed lunches from the breakfast buffet. It is worth noting if you will be passing a hut during the following day’s route, where you can have your lunch instead. Tipping is not required or expected in any of the huts.

Packing Checklist
Dolomites Handbook Information

What to Pack

Click here to print this page as a PDF.

We recommend you prepare for your trip prior to your holiday by walking in the hills carrying the equipment you intend to carry whilst in Austria. Once in Ehrwald, any luggage you do not wish to take with you on your trek can be left with us and we will ensure it is waiting for you on your return to the hotel at the end.

Most of the equipment/clothing on the suggested list below is typical British hill walking attire and most people will already own many items on the list. The emphasis is on being prepared for all weather conditions, whilst making your rucksack light enough to carry for successive days without being too much of a burden.

During the day

  • Strong, light and (most importantly) comfortable walking boots with good ankle support – if you are buying new boots for this trip, be sure to ‘break them in’ before you travel.
  • 35-40 litre rucksack
  • Light weight waterproof jacket and trousers – these should live in your rucksack permanently, as conditions in the mountains can change rapidly
  • A mid-layer fleece
  • A couple of lightweight, wicking base layers (depending on how much you mind smelling!) – long sleeves are better, as they will be warmer on cool days and can be pulled up on warmer days, or left down to give sun protection.
  • Another warm layer which can be put on during stops on cold days – down jacket or warm fleece are ideal
  • Lightweight and quick drying walking trousers – no jeans!
  • Warm gloves and hat
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Walking poles (if you use them – highly recommended when carrying a multi-day pack)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Water container (at least 2 litres)/thermos flask
  • Map case
  • Compass, whistle, torch, survival bag
  • Please note – cotton t-shirts or jeans should NOT be worn, as they provide no warmth once they are sweaty or wet from rain.

In the evening

Remember, almost everyone at the hut will have walked to get there, so they will be in much the same boat as you. You do not need your Sunday best! It is quite acceptable for people to remain in the clothes they have been wearing for the day. A change of clothes is naturally nice, particularly if the weather is poor. The more clothes you take, the more comfortable you will be, but the more you have to carry! Generally, a pair of trousers and 2 or 3 tops will suffice for a week. One essential piece of kit for an evening is a pair of hut slippers or flip flops, as walking boots are not allowed inside. Some huts along the route do provide these, but a couple don’t. So you may like to bring your own pair or a thick pair of socks instead.

Hut accommodation

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Ear plugs/eye mask
  • Headtorch/torch – essential to avoid turning on lights when going to bed later than others

General

  • Wash kit – (groups should consider sharing things like toothpaste, shower gel etc. In order to reduce weight)
  • Travel towel
  • Camera, charger and spare memory card
  • Plug adaptor
  • Sun cream & lip protection
  • Reference books (wild flowers etc)
  • German phrase book
  • Pack of cards/good book – there is often time to kill during an afternoon/evening
  • Slippers/hut shoes – though a number of huts provide these, you can’t beat your own!
  • Swim trunks/costume – Hotel at start/end has a sauna and steam room

Essential items

  • Passport
  • Euros and credit / debit card
  • Cash – your accommodation on a half board basis is paid for, but you pay for any packed lunches, drinks, snacks, buses/trains, cable cars/lifts etc. One or two nights accept credit cards, but not all and so having some cash is essential
  • Insurance and EHIC card
  • Any medication you require
  • Mobile phone and charger – you can keep it switched off, but it is an invaluable piece of safety equipment and could save a life
  • Signed disclaimer

Disclaimer & At Your Own Risk
Dolomites Handbook Information

Important – Disclaimer

On arrival, you will be asked to hand in the disclaimer sent by post.
This should be signed by all members of the party. This disclaimer is largely based on the ‘At your own Risk’ section in our brochure and website.
Download and print out the disclaimer here to sign and take with you

At Your Own Risk & Mountain Safety

Our staff who will advise you for your trek, and who organise walking itineraries if you stay on after the trek, are are not qualified mountain guides and you follow their advice and join them at your own risk – Click here to download and print out Organised & Self Guided Walks – At Your Own Risk & Mountain Safety

Everything you do during your stay in Austria is done at your own risk. In the event of personal injury or death, we are not liable for efforts made by us to enhance your stay in the area, amongst which are our organised walks, other itineraries and the various printed and verbal suggestions concerning itineraries and routes that you will come across during your stay. It is a fact that mountainous areas and winter activities undertaken in the mountains are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such an area with Collett’s Mountain Holidays or, indeed, independently, you are exposing yourself and your party to the (thankfully small) possibility of personal injury or death. In such an event, Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in winter mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.

Your self guided hut to hut itineraries will be spent entirely at your own risk and it is important that you understand that whilst these routes are accurate at the time of writing, the situation on the ground may change and the itineraries rely on your sound judgement and decision making throughout.

Our self-guided hut to hut itineraries are put together on a basis of goodwill so that you might enjoy a route you may not otherwise have discovered having organised the itinerary yourself. It represents nothing more than the opportunity to go out on a beautiful walk in a part of this wonderful walking area, with the support of knowing that many of the logistics have been arranged for you.

It is a fact that mountains, mountainous areas and activities undertaken in them are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such areas, you are exposing yourself and your party to the possibility of personal injury or even death. In such an event, Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.

It is important that you understand that these routes are put together using our extensive knowledge of the area, to provide a route which we believe will be enjoyable and realistic for people who decide that they have the appropriate level of fitness and ability in order to complete the itinerary safely. The information provided uses only marked paths which are in use at the time of writing, however, it is your responsibility to continually assess the suitability and safety of the route throughout the walk and to undertake any action necessary to avoid any terrain which each or any member of the group is not comfortable with. The route choice also assumes an ability to read maps and navigate competently.

It is the responsibility of each individual in the group to make an assessment of the information provided, and to make an informed decision about whether the itinerary is suitable for them.

Finally, during your holiday with Collett’s Mountain Holidays you act at your own risk on any ideas, information and opinions you might acquire from our walk organisers or from material prepared by us to help you get the most from the area.

Duty of Care

We put safety first but you are as responsible as we are!
You walk these routes at your own risk, responsible for your own safety and as part of an autonomous group, in which each member has a Duty of Care to each other. Not being professionally responsible for you does not mean we turn a blind eye to safety, nor does it make us exempt from owing a duty of care to people joining our organised walks. We deem the safety of our staff and clients to be of unparalleled importance and we therefore take our own safety measures and endeavour to minimise the possibility of personal injury and death. We do this in line with legal requirements pertaining to duty of care.

As with any person or organisation involved with activities where there is a possibility of personal injury or death, the issue of duty of care is ever-present and, in the absence of a qualified guide in ‘non-professional’ activities anywhere in the world (whether organised by a company, club, university or even a friend) has a legal commitment to all involved. This commitment to others should therefore be at the heart of your decision when joining a particular organised walk, whilst also forming the basis of your behaviour during that particular excursion.

Breathtaking walks in the world’s most beautiful mountains

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Awe-inspiring hiking in the North Tyrol

  • Choose from two breathtaking 7 night itineraries
  • Itineraries to suit both high level walkers and intermediate walkers
  • Or add it on to a larger walking itinerary at our bases in the Austrian Alps or Dolomites

Overview

Self Guided Hut to Hut in the Zugspitz Arena

Choose from 5 spectacular itineraries

These two 7 night and three shorter ‘Hut to Hut’ routes offer the opportunity to walk amongst spectacular mountains and dramatic valleys, with the freedom and flexibility that self-guiding allows and the chance to stay high in the mountains after everyone else has left.  We like to say that the routes cover the ‘best of’ parts, the ‘must-do’ trails and the hidden gems of the area, so you can join us knowing that you are walking and seeing all that the Zugspitz Arena holds.

Using our comprehensive route notes, you will cover a rich variety of terrain, encountering lakeside paths and woodland trails, high plateaus and rocky passes and corries.  Both routes also give you the chance to visit Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze (2962m), which sits on the border with Germany and neighbours the village of Ehrwald, your start and end point.

A mix of mountain huts and comfortable hotels, you get to experience the best of both worlds. Some of the huts along the routes are Alms; working farms that sit high in the mountains and graze their own animals and produce wonderful food.  You will drop in and out of picturesque Tyrolean villages and pass stunning alpine lakes.  The scope and access of the routes are maximised by using lifts, buses and trains during the week.

Self-guided hut to hur route notes and guidance - Italian Dolomites

You choose the route – we do the rest

On a Collett’s hut to hut holiday, we take all the hard work out of the planning for you, and leave you to simply enjoy the trek! At the planning stage, we offer a factsheet for each of our routes which give a brief day by day description of what to expect, along with figures indicating height gain and distance covered each day. Once you settle on your preferred route we make the relevant reservations for the huts and then, nearer the time, we send you a detailed route guide printed on waterproof paper for you to use on your chosen itinerary. We also supply the relevant 1:25,000 or 1:50,000 Mayr map. Shortly before your holiday, we will contact you by email offering you the opportunity to ask any final questions about your itinerary. Finally, we also provide airport transfers, should you require, to Ehrwald from Munich airport if arriving on either a Thursday or Saturday, otherwise you are free to arrive as you wish, perhaps taking advantage of the rail line to Ehrwald’s village train station.

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7 Night Routes

Two Superb Self Guided Walking Tours

Self-guided walking in the Austrian AlpsTaking a break from the walking at Seebensee in the Austrian AlpsThe Coburger Hut, high in the Austrian AlpsRoute planning at our base in the Austrian Alps

Discover the hidden corners of Alpine Austria

Our hut to hut holidays are available between late June and mid-September – depending on the itinerary. We especially recommend July, late August and September being the best periods when the huts and walks are generally quieter. The earlier you book, the easier it is for us to guarantee your accommodation and confirm your arrangements.

If you would like us to check availability in the huts, please contact Kelly to talk through the itinerary of your choice and to let her know your specific travel dates. We ask you not to book flights until we have confirmed all the accommodation for your itinerary.

For more detailed information about each tour click on the bullet point headings beneath each tour overview…

Tour 1 – Zugspitz Arena Circuit

Moderate

A complete and dramatic circuit of the Zugspitz Arena, walking on all four mountain ranges that converge to form this striking natural bowl, and dropping in and out the 3 Tyrolean villages; Ehrwald, Lermoos and Biberwier.  This is an excellent introduction to the area, with its backdrop of limestone peaks and ridges, stunning lakes, and picturesque valleys, accessed by a number of cable cars and chair lifts.  The accommodation is a wonderful mix of Alms (working farms), village hotels and a remote hut in a high cirque.  There is the option to take a cable car to the summit of Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze (2962m) for breath-taking 360⁰ views.

Tour 2 – Zugspitz Arena & Wetterstein Tour

Hard

This route takes in all four mountain ranges converging on the Zugspitz Arena, as well as crossing the German border into Bavaria and exploring deeper into the wilder Wetterstein range. This varied and challenging tour visits the dramatic Hollentalklamm (‘Hell’s Valley’) gorge via a series of tunnels, bridges and engineered footpaths passing gushing waterfalls. The final day offers the opportunity to ascend to the summit of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak at 2962m, for impressive 360⁰ views. You will also follow sections of two European long-distance trails; the E4 and Via Alpina. A number of lifts, buses and a train are used during the week, which vastly increases the scope of the route and the areas you are able to access.

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Shorter Routes

2 & 3 Night Hut to Hut Circuits

Moderate or Hard

Since 2018 we also offer 2 and 3 night routes, which are variations of the 7 night routes, picking out the highlights. They are great options for getting a taste of the hut experience without a longer commitment. These are designed to be ‘bolted on’ to the start or end of your stay in Ehrwald with us and do not include hotel accommodation pre or post trek. This can be organised for the number of nights you choose and our hut to hut guests stay at the cosy alpine Hotel Alpin in Ehrwald. This also offers you the chance to have a few days ‘warming-up’ with day walks from Ehrwald before embarking on these short overnight trips.

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The Huts
The Coburger Hut, high in the Austrian Alps

Accommodation in a Alpine Hütte

Remote huts that range from the basic to the surprisingly comfortable

For the first and last nights of your holiday, you will be accommodated in Ehrwald in the cosy and alpine Hotel Alpin, on a B&B basis. This gives you the freedom and opportunity to explore the village and head out for dinner at a local restaurant. For the nights along the tour you will be accommodated in mountain huts or alms, and one village hotel, all on a half board basis. The alms are working mountain farms and many have their own livestock, and so you will find yourself eating and drinking some of their own products, cheeses, milks and cakes. In the huts and alms you will sleep in dormitory-style accommodation, in bunk beds or in some cases, on sleeping platforms where you sleep on mattresses in a row alongside one another. On some nights, it is possible to upgrade to a private room, subject to availability and a supplement of £15 per person per night – see the individual factsheets for details. The washing facilities are communal, with shared washbasins and showers, and in some cases, coin operated showers. In the hotels, you stay in private en-suite rooms. The mountain huts offer a hospitable atmosphere and great camaraderie amongst fellow walkers. They are also fantastic vantage points to watch the sun go down behind striking limestone cliffs.

Food in the Mountains

Good food in Alpine Huts

Food in Austrian Alpine Huts

Breakfasts vary depending on the hut, but can be buffet style or served as a set plate. A normal hut breakfast is continental and can be quite simple, and includes cereals, bread, meats, cheeses, yoghurt, jam and honey, tea and coffee. In a remote hut, the choices might be more limited. On some days your route will allow you to stop at another hut or alm for lunch. Even so, you can also buy lunch items from the accommodation in which you are staying. Evening meals in the huts are taken from a set menu, often with two or three choices for each course. But please note – some of the more basic huts will offer a fixed menu with no choice. Food tends to be healthy and hearty and is typical local cuisine, ideal for those long days out on the mountain. For vegetarians and other special dietary requirements, meals will have much less choice and variation. There are very limited supplies of fresh fruit and vegetables in the huts, so vegetarians might feel less heartily fed than non-vegetarians.

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Airport Transfers

Airport Transfers to the Zugspitz Arena

Airport Transfers to the Italian DolomitesAirport Transfers to the Italian DolomitesAirport Transfers to Ehrwald, in the Austrian Alps

From Munich Airport

Airport transfers from Munich Airport can be booked, if arriving on a Thursday or a Saturday only. If you need any help or advice or have any questions regarding how our Airport Transfer System works please call us on 01799 513331.

Our transfer service is not a personal taxi service and waiting can be unavoidable, so please do not book a transfer unless you are relaxed about the possibility of having to kill time in Munich (if time permits) or at the airport. It is very straightforward to arrive in Ehrwald by public transport, and we can help to pass on more information about this if you would prefer to eliminate the possibility of waiting.

In short, we send one vehicle down to the airport to drop off all our departees for their flights home, whilst the same vehicle will collect all our arrivals to take them up to the mountains.

Transfer Times – We will contact you about 2 weeks before your holiday with the times of your transfers. These are determined by the flight times of everyone we collect on that day but 5pm is the deadline for a transfer, as this allows us to get everyone up to the mountains in time for dinner. We try to keep waiting to a minimum but we can make no guarantees. For example, if your flight lands at 11am and we have other arrivals landing at 4.30pm, the transfer is likely to set off at 5pm. On the other hand, you might be our only arrivals on that day, in which case we will meet you from your flight and take you straight to your destination.

Your flight should arrive before 5:00pm and leave after 10:30am on the day of your departure. Make sure you understand how our transfer system works by reading this page in full – Thank you.

Journey Time to Ehrwald – 2hrs

Homebound Transfers – on your day of departure, be prepared for an early start. If someone has a flight home at 10:30am, we have to leave the mountains at about 6:30am – 10.30am is the earliest we allow guests to book a return flight. Again, departure times are dictated by the flight times of all our transferees.

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Train Travel
Getting to and from the Dolomites by Train

Train from Munich and Innsbruck Airports

Train travel in the area is straight-forward and reliable, with Munich and Innsbruck airports being the most convenient to fly and then travel by train from. There is a bus that connects Innsbruck airport with the main station (20mins) and then the journey time from Innsbruck station to Ehrwald is 1hr50 with one change at Garmisch-Partenkirchen station. From Munich airport the journey takes 2hrs50 with a change in central Munich and then a second in Garmisch-Partenkirchen station.

Ehrwald Station to Hotel Sonnenspitze

From Ehrwald station it is then a 15 minute walk to the village centre. Please print and refer to our Driving, Train and Walking Directions here for walking directions.

There are 2 bus lines that connect the station with the main village square, a 10 minute ride away. Please contact us for details and bus times.

Alternatively, it is a 5 minute taxi ride. The company ‘Shuttle & More’ offer taxis within Ehrwald and offer a 24 hour service with excellent English.
Price: €5 – €8.
Tel: 0043 664 266 7166
Email: office@shuttle-and-more.com
Web: www.shuttle-and-more.com

The ‘Werdenfels & Bayern Tickets’

For journeys in either direction between Munich airport and Ehrwald, a straight-through ‘Regio Werdenfels Ticket’ can be purchased. The ticket price is €19 plus €4 for every additional person up to a maximum of 4 additional people. Alternatively, you can buy a ‘Bayern Ticket’. This allows unlimited travel on DB and S Bahn trains from Munich airport, Munich and Ehrwald within a single day. Valid from 9am Monday to Friday and 12am midnight on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. The ticket price is €23 plus €5 for every additional person up to a maximum of 4 additional people.

Booking Train Tickets

You can plan and book rail tickets for all European travel via the website: www.bahn.com. Normally you can buy tickets up to 90 days in advance. Tickets can be paid for online and then printed out at home in advance. Equally, tickets can be bought from machines at the station/airport on the day of travel.

Prices & Info.

Further information & prices

Late June to late September, with limited availability in August when the huts and alms are particularly busy.
£825 per person with Airport Transfer (Thursday and Saturday only)
£745 per person without Airport Transfer

Please note that all bookings are subject to availability in the accommodation – please do not make any travel arrangements until we have confirmed your accommodation arrangements.

Based on Half Board accommodation in dormitory style rooms in mountain huts/alms and private double rooms in the hotels.
NOTE: Some dormitories have sleeping platform bed arrangements; sleeping side by side in a row.
A few huts have the option to upgrade to a private room – subject to a supplement of £15 per person per night.
All dormitories are mixed sex and vary in size from hut to hut.
No single supplements apply for dormitory accommodation but are applied to private rooms.
You must supply your own sleeping bag liners for all dormitory accommodation.
Towels are not provided in any hut accommodation (but are in the 3 hotel nights) – please bring your own.

What’s Included

  • If required – return airport transfers from Munich. (Flights arriving in Munich must land before 5.00pm, and depart from Munich no earlier than 10.30am – please see www.colletts.co.uk/austria/travel)
  • Reservations and accommodation
  • Detailed Route Cards & Relevant 1:25,000 or 1:50,000 Map
  • Pre-departure Info including FAQs & Packing Suggestion

What’s Not Included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Lunches (lunch items are available for purchase at each hut and hotel)
  • Drinks/snacks and any other purchases in the accommodation
  • Lifts/cable cars, buses and trains – see routes notes for details and estimated costs

At Your Own Risk

Your self guided hut to hut itineraries will be spent entirely at your own risk and it is important that you understand that whilst these routes are accurate at the time of writing, the situation on the ground may change and the itineraries rely on your sound judgement and decision making throughout.

Our self-guided hut to hut itineraries are put together on a basis of goodwill so that you might enjoy a route you may not otherwise have discovered having organised the itinerary yourself. It represents nothing more than the opportunity to go out on a beautiful walk in a part of this wonderful walking area, with the support of knowing that many of the logistics have been arranged for you.

It is a fact that mountains, mountainous areas and activities undertaken in them are associated with personal injury and death. By coming to such areas, you are exposing yourself and your party to the possibility of personal injury or even death. In such an event, Collett’s Mountain Holidays will not be held responsible for your interest in mountainous areas and your involvement in mountain pursuits, which can occasionally have tragic consequences.

It is important that you understand that these routes are put together using our extensive knowledge of the area, to provide a route which we believe will be enjoyable and realistic for people who decide that they have the appropriate level of fitness and ability in order to complete the itinerary safely. The information provided uses only marked paths which are in use at the time of writing, however, it is your responsibility to continually assess the suitability and safety of the route throughout the walk and to undertake any action necessary to avoid any terrain which each or any member of the group is not comfortable with. The route choice also assumes an ability to read maps and navigate competently.

It is the responsibility of each individual in the group to make an assessment of the information provided, and to make an informed decision about whether the itinerary is suitable for them.

Finally, during your holiday with Collett’s Mountain Holidays you act at your own risk on any ideas, information and opinions you might acquire from our walk organisers or from material prepared by us to help you get the most from the area.

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